100.7 Baltimore WGRX

Danny Carlisle & Roy Sampson, New Country 100.7 WGRX Westminster/Baltimore | July 19, 1999

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This short scope of a full 45-minute cassette side features the Country incarnation of the (former) WGRX Westminster, MD… A station that tried, unsuccessfully, for many years to compete with WIYY Baltimore (98 Rock), but with signal problems downtown, found itself having to flip to something… That something started out as Froggy 100.7, but by the time of this recording was simply using the WGRX call letters.

This Country station really didn’t stand a chance, going up against the team of CMA DJ of the year several-times-over Laurie DeYoung and her morning team on crosstown WPOC 93.1 (A team that included TV Meteorologist Marty Bass – who was really MUCH more than a Weatherman, rather, a real showman!). However, WGRX had several things going for them… a much more up-tempo presentation (WPOC was always AC-ish in it’s approach back in those days), a fresh sound with new DeeJays, and a signal that, while didn’t reach the inner Harbor very well, was very powerful in the north and western Suburbs, in fact, reached as far as York, PA! The Inner Harbor signal problems were somewhat solved in the early 90s with the addition of a translator on 100.1 FM, but that got somewhat confusing to listeners who lost that signal once they travelled outside the Beltway.

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This aircheck begins with Danny Carlisle for the first few breaks, then it’s on to Roy Sampson for the remainder. This is very tightly scoped. Partly because this is mostly music with few talk breaks.

The station logo shown is from the previous Classic Rock format from the 1990s

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Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.

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